I’ve admitted it before, perhaps more than once. I have a fondness for oats. and breakfast cereals. and muesli.
And perhaps because I’ve woken (for a second day in a row) to sunshine and a blast of warm air, I’m in the mood for a light, cool, refreshingly summer-y breakfast.
Cue the pineapple, blueberries, oranges, and oats!
Pineapple, Orange, Blueberry Muesli
2 1/2 cups oats
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup flax seed meal
~2/3 cup dried pineapple, candied orange peel, and blueberries
~1/3 cup raw cashews, toasted and chopped
- Toss all ingredients into a container to mix evenly. Use your hands to separate the mixed fruits. The candied orange is especially sweet, so use a light hand.
- Serve with yogurt and more (fresh) fruit, if desired!
I first discovered muesli while on study abroad in Ireland. It was served at every continental breakfast, at all the B&Bs, and at every home I visited. In the supermarkets, there were ample muesli choices, non just one or two like stores here at home. Since I am already an oats-and-yogurt-breakfast-person, muesli was a natural step up to add more variety and fun to my morning ritual.
For those not familiar with muesli, it is a type of Swiss breakfast cereal that traditionally contains oats, nuts, and dried fruits. In the couple of years since I’ve returned from study abroad, I’ve started making my own muesli. Doing so gives me full rein to experiment with different fruit, nut, grain, and seed options. I seem to never make the same mix twice. And that is probably what I love the most about it. Serve mixed in with yogurt, similar to granola, or cook as you would oatmeal, and serve hot.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with different grains like rye and buckwheat. This mixture does have rye flakes, which are essentially the same as old-fashioned rolled oats, only with the rye grain. If you can’t seem to track them down, using all oats for this mixture works just as well.
Pistachio Raisin Muesli, adapted from Good to the Grain
1 cup whole pistachios
2 cups rye flakes
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
Generous 2/3 cup flame raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the rye flakes on a baking sheet and spread to a single layer. Toast the rye flakes for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Toast the pistachios on the stove in a small skillet over medium heat, until just beginning to brown. Remove and let cool. Chop the pistachios into small pieces.
Combine the rye flakes, pistachios, wheat bran, flaxseed meal, oats, and raisins.
The muesli can be stored in an airtight container. It will last for several weeks.